Rudy Giuliani continued knocking special counsel Robert Mueller on Sunday, calling his probe "the most corrupt investigation I have ever seen." Short on specific evidence, President Trump's lawyer didn't hold back: "We can't find an incriminating anything, and we need a basis for this investigation, particularly since we now know it was started from biased—by biased" origins, he said on ABC's This Week. "I do not think he's corrupt," Giuliani said of Mueller himself, adding that "he's surrounded by biased people. Almost exclusively." This just two days after Giuliani set tough new standards for Trump to be interviewed by the special counsel. For more:
- "No concerns": Giuliani also said he has "no concerns" about former Trump attorney Michael Cohen cooperating with the feds, the Hill reports. "Michael Cohen should cooperate with the government. We have no reason to believe he did anything wrong. I have no concerns that Michael Cohen is going to do anything but tell the truth."
- "New rule": Sen. Dick Durbin accused Sen. Mitch McConnell of hypocrisy for refusing to consider President Obama's Supreme Court choice in 2016 because an election was coming up, the Hill reports. "Senator McConnell invented this new rule and wouldn’t even consider a meeting with Merrick Garland," Durbin said on NBC's Meet the Press. "And now he’s saying that we’ve got to hurry through here and get this done before the election. Totally inconsistent."
- "Scare tactic": "I'm very confident with this president’s enthusiasm and with Leader McConnell’s enthusiasm that they can get anybody confirmed," said Trump adviser Leonard Leo on This Week, per ABC News. The Federalist Society member, on leave to help Trump pick his Supreme Court nominee, also dismissed concerns about Roe v. Wade being overturned: "Nobody really knows" how the new justice will vote, he said. "I think it's a bit of a scare tactic and rank speculation."
- "A puppet": "The president’s outsourced his [Supreme Court] decision to the Federalist Society and the Heritage Foundation. It is extraordinary," said Sen. Richard Blumenthal said on This Week, per the Hill. "I've never seen a president of the United States, in effect, make himself a puppet of outside groups, and choose from a group of right-wing fringe ideologues that are ... on this list."'
- "China's hands": Sen. Lindsey Graham blamed China for North Korea's unkind remarks following the latest round of nuclear diplomacy with Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, Politico reports. "I see China's hands all over this. We're in a fight with China," he said on Fox News Sunday. "If I were President Trump, I would not let China use North Korea to back me off of the trade dispute. We've got more bullets than they do when it comes to trade."
- "Foot-dragging": "I hope in the end we come to success, but I think nobody should be surprised by foot-dragging," Sen. Roy Blunt said of North Korea's resistance to denuclearization, per the Hill. "This has troubled now four US presidents." But the Republican did call it a "mistake" for Trump to nix major military exercises with South Korea while talks are ongoing.
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